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Historic Harbor Tours and Dolphin Watch
22 pier ste#, 8, Galveston, TX 77550, United States
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Mi
Review №1

Was great for the family. Only a few other people on with us so, we pretty much got to move all over the boat to see the dolphins and other historic scenery. Price was really decent too 3 of us went for $27.08. Saw the 1877 tall ship Ellisa and it was awesome. We really love this island. Great place to raise a family.

MI
Review №2

Saw so many dolphins! They said way more than normal we enjoyed all the history and info about the island. Very comical, knowledgable and well worth the money! We will recommend and return! Thanks for a great experience!!!!

Jo
Review №3

We love the Historic Harbor Cruise. One of our favorite things to share with visitors when they come to Galveston island. By buying a membership we pay half price and go at least once a month.

Ne
Review №4

My family loved this tour. We saw a few dolphins. The guys did a great job keeping it informative and interesting while giving us some chuckles. We did the 10am tour and it wasnt too hot yet. We arrived 5 minutes late but they still let us on and didnt shorten the tour time. Great value for what they offered, highly recommend.

Ci
Review №5

Great captain! A great tour with dolphins. Cheap and fun would definitely do it again

Ja
Review №6

Weve been going on these for three years. Each time they are educational and entertaining. Todays was the best so far.

Ke
Review №7

We brought the family down for harbor tour and dolphin watch 8/22. Wonderful tour and we lucked out and fortunate to see dozens of dolphins. Tour guide was knowledgeable and kept everyone entertained.

Kr
Review №8

Brian and Ryan were amazing guides!! They were very informative and knowledgeable about the harbor. They even spent extra time driving back around a buoy so that we could see dolphins!! I definitely recommend anyone to go on this tour, it is reasonable in price and completely worth the money!! Extremely polite hosts and superior service!! A+

Do
Review №9

Had a blast and saw so many dolphins! We also got an up close view of the USS Selma the concrete sunken ship. So awesome and had no idea we would get that close to it!!! On our way back we actually saw the dolphins mating!!! 6 males to 1 female!!! Pretty amazing tour!!! Thanks so much!

Me
Review №10

Nice tour, informative. We were fortunate to only have a few people on board as we took a later tour.

nm
Review №11

We had a great time on the dolphin tour. The captain had alot of knowledge, and was very funny. He made the tour better than I thought it would be. Will definitely do this tour again, when we come back!

Em
Review №12

We had so much fun on this tour! We got there at the first tour of the day & we were lucky enough to be the only passengers so we could roam around everywhere!We saw ships, the marina, & of course dolphins! We saw maybe 6 separate pods of them, the first 1 being almost immediately after leaving the harbour.Our captain was very informative & funny. He had us laughing & smiling the whole trip. Great tour, wed go again for sure

Pa
Review №13

The Captain of the boat Adam was awesome. My great niece was afraid and he took the time to talk with her and try to reassure her to come on the boat. Wonderful guy. Great ride. He needs more money.

Op
Review №14

5/23/2020Booked the sunset cruise.It was AWESOME. Its BYOB so that was the icing on the cake.2 hours that felt like 4 hours on the water, slow cruzing, cool air, saw many dolphins .The guys were awesome, they played a mix of good music. There is a very small restroom on board. Take some cash to tip the crew because they go out of the way to make the experience a lot better.

Ja
Review №15

The guide was hilarious and had great humor. He knew a lot about dolphins and was great information. Was worth the money and would go back again. Really want to try the sunset tour without the kiddos too!!

Ja
Review №16

Had a great time. Super friendly crew and reasonably priced. Saw dolphins and many ships. Will go again next time in town.

Na
Review №17

Loved the little trip, very funny and entertaining captain, and we got to see many dolphins swimming around with many interesting and historical facts throughout the tour

Em
Review №18

Ton of fun! Historical and enjoyable tour. Capt. Brian and 1st Mate Juan did an excellent job! An hour tour of fun and enjoyment. Take the tour.

Be
Review №19

Great adventure for the family during our visit in Galveston. Tour guides were awesome and kids really enjoyed watching the dolphins. Only disappointment, the cashier did not honor the price on Galveston.com website.

Ja
Review №20

Very entertaining and insightful. Worth every penney.

Ma
Review №21

Very educational. Learned alot of cool stuff but we laughed for the entire hour tour. The guys are hilarious and fun. We got to see and listen to the dolphins. I would definitely recommend this for all ages!!

Er
Review №22

The Galveston Harbor Tour was a fun and family friendly tour with great staff!

Kr
Review №23

We very much enjoyed our tour! Adam, the captain, and Brian, the tour guide, were great. The tour was very thorough and informative and we got some great views of dolphins!

Ap
Review №24

Captains were knowledgeable and funny, had a great time. Wished we would have seen more dolphins than we did, but still got to see a few. Well come back again in the future!

Ch
Review №25

Finished up a great dinner at fisherman’s wharf. My brother in law and I went to the entrance of historic harbor tours, where the front desk host let me know my kids were on the ship. She then proceeded to tell me it was 1 minute past closing at 4:30 pm, and slammed the door on me saying they will be out eventually. She then walked away from us with her company iPad. Classy, really classy.

Je
Review №26

My mom and I go to Galveston/the strand together yearly around my birthday. This was our first time doing a harbour tour and we both thoroughly enjoyed ourselves.We laughed, saw dolphins, and even learned a couple thing. The guide was a pure delight and made the trip super fun.

Kr
Review №27

Had a great experience on the tour. Saw plenty of dolphins. Amazing tour guides with plenty of jokes. Affordable prices for a 45 minute boat tour. Can’t beat that!

An
Review №28

Top notch tour! Great personalities with our tour guides. Super friendly and will to answer many questions! As well provided some great recommendations! Ryan the driver did great, and Brian the speaker did awesome keeping us entertained.

S.
Review №29

Love the history of the tour. Also we saw several dolphins. Make this tour part of your Galveston vacation. It was amazing. The guides were great and it qas definitely worth the price of admission.

Fe
Review №30

They were very friendly, were open to answer all questions. Took us further out then the other dolphin company but we loved both!

Am
Review №31

Once a year we try to take a girl trip to Galveston with my mom, daughters, and sisters. We go on the cheap, during the week and bringing our own food, enjoying all the cheap and free stuff Galveston has to offer. My daughter recently developed an obsession with the sunken ship visible off Pelican Island, the SS Selma. In all her research, she learned of a boat that would go close to the concrete ship and finally convinced us to actually spend some money do this one-hour tour. We went and had SO MUCH FUN! With the coupon found at our hotel we got $1 off each person and it brought the already reasonable price even lower. We were all smiles, and after seeing dolphins and enjoying the rolling waves, my daughter wasn’t even too upset that we hadn’t been able to get close to the Selma that day due to weather and fishing boats being out there. That evening, we all agreed we had enjoyed the tour so much that we wanted to go again the next day. Back we went, and thoroughly enjoyed the jokes and friendliness of the crew and the close-up look at the SS Selma. This has become something we will have to plan for on every trip to Galveston. Worth every cent and minute!

Ni
Review №32

Ryan and Brian our tour guides were awesome. They had a lot of interesting information and we saw a lot of dolphins!!

Am
Review №33

They were an absolute delight to tour with! At the start if out tour there was a waterlogged seagull and Brian and Ryan paused the tour to help save it! We were the last tour of the day, and they extended the tour for a little bit so we could see some dolphins! Absolutely loved the tour and cant wait ti gobback

De
Review №34

We loved it. Saw dolphins, got a lot of history and just general information. The tour guide was very comical and they were all very friendly!

He
Review №35

One of the best boat tours weve been on! The captain Brian was funny and made it really fun and upbeat historical tour. (We all know you go on this boat for the dolphins!) He gave lots of great information about the bay too though! I am not a history person and enjoyed the tour! I wouldnt sit in the back by the engines though bc it does make it hard to hear him. Ryan the other guy on the boat was really nice too. They serve drinks on the boat for $2 a bottle but you can bring your own beverages. Its an hour long but feels a lot shorter! Highly recommend this tour over some of the others. (Cough colonol paddlewheel boat cough)

ju
Review №36

If your love history and dolphins this is the place to go. The guide is very educational and tells great jokes through out the tour.

S
Review №37

Had a great time. Stephen was awesome and a lot of fun. He and the Captain make a good team.

Fe
Review №38

Went on the tour yesterdat 7/30/2020 for my sons birthday. It was a great time. 3 adults and we all enjoyed it. The Captain Brian and his mate Antonio were great. The captain was very informative and funny. I have mobility issues and they were very helpful to me even after we finished the tour which I thought was great. He overheard me mention something to my son and jumped in and offered to help. Be c ause of COVID19 they were running @ 75% but I think our trip was less. All the crew and guests were wearing masks and there was plenty of room to distance between the failies/ groups. I will definitely add this to thngs to do with out of town guests or just a fun outing.

Ba
Review №39

I just got back from Galveston and we went on the tour! Weather was not good at all but I had so much fun today!! Brian and Ryne were great!! They are historians and comedians!! I learned so much about Galveston that I didn’t know!! I highly recommend it!

Ja
Review №40

This tour was so much fun.Our captain was very knowledgeable of dolphins and all the sites along the route. So informative.We saw q few dolphins on our trip.This is by far the best $10 tour to take.Dont be fooled by the $12 imitation!

Li
Review №41

Saw lots of dolphins and learned a lot about the city! Loved the tour guide and captain!

Ma
Review №42

Hard a great time on the one hour harbor tour, captain and pilot are awesome and very funny and knowledgeable. Learned so much but the dolphins never showed up. Really great deal!

Ma
Review №43

Brian and Ryne were just great. We saw so much more than we expected...and all for only $10! The narrated tour was so informative. Ill be back.

Fr
Review №44

Capt Todd is the best, very knowledgeable of the channel and its history

ma
Review №45

Saw lots of dolphins the captain was really nice and the whole tour was a blast!

Me
Review №46

Amazing experience and well worth it. Lots interesting information on the harbor plus dolphins!

Vi
Review №47

Went on a tour 11/05 to see the dolphins. The tour was great, very knowledgeable crew. The weather was perfect and they knew all the spots where the dolphins would be.

Pa
Review №48

I havent had so much fun in a while.My husband and I came down from Weatherford Texas for a few days of R&R. Would recommend this tour for anyone.I had so much fun watching the dolphins, and the interesting historical tour.Will do this again. The Captain was very good and funny.

Do
Review №49

So much fun! Repeat experience for me. First time for my husband. Crew was awesome - courteous, considerate, knowledgeable of area. Took extra time to make sure the children on board has a positive memory to take with them. Look forward to visiting again!

To
Review №50

Our family had so much fun on this tour. Brian our guide was funny and kept us smiling the whole way. We brought 4 kids and they enjoyed checking out the fish market, sunken ship, the bull ride!! And of course the dolphins. Prices were very affordable. I highly recommend

Jo
Review №51

The tour was great! The captain was extremely knowledgeable and fun. We got to learn about the various ships in the bay, all of the buildings along the bay, see dolphins and have an over all fun experience. I would definitely recommend this to anyone in the area. Take a tour of the museum and Ellisa, the restored tall ship.

Ca
Review №52

Informative.. historical..Beyan and Ryan were very pleasant and professional.. Nice family outing.

Re
Review №53

Funny tour guides we had fun!!! Answered all questions and saw dolphins

Jo
Review №54

Great Tour! Tour guide was very informative, went all around the entire harbor.

St
Review №55

Brian was an amazing tour guide! And Meagan was a great boat hand! It was educational and funny and I would definitely recommend this for all ages. The tour is an hour long, and we saw lots of dolphins.

Ja
Review №56

Great tour. Brian was a fantastic captain/tour guide. He was very knowledgeable & super entertaining. The dolphins were very cool & pretty active. Great value for the price as well. Highly recommended.

Me
Review №57

This was the third water tour we had taken in two days. The idea that this was historic appealed to us so we went ahead for trip #3. We were SO glad we did. This was the best by far. The captain/guide was incredibly knowledgeable, friendly, entertaining, engaging and just super nice. This trip took us twice as far as either of the others. The boat was WAY more comfortable (no sardine feel). This trip was SO much better and cost &2 more than one of the others and $0.05 more than the other. This one was a GREAT time. Loved it! Thanks to everyone on the team there!

Kr
Review №58

Had a wonderful time on the tour of the harbor! Highlight of our trip to Galveston!

Co
Review №59

Have done this tour 5 or 6 times. Love it. The captain tells a different story every time. Very informative and funny. And we always see dolphins. A plus for my grandson!

Kr
Review №60

Good tour. Saw a few dolphins. For the price it was a neat experience.

C.
Review №61

Our family had a great time on the “dolphin tour”! We saw a lot of dolphins, a sunken concrete ship, oil rigs, fish markets, and more. Our tour guide Bryan was very funny and knowledgeable, and his helper Juan did a great job too. We sat on the bottom level towards the back, which was shady but hard to hear the guide. Moved to the top deck at the kids’ request, and could hear much better and enjoyed a great view. Highly recommend this activity!

Au
Review №62

Amazing tour for a good price! Tour guide and captain were amazing and super funny. Very informative on the different parts of the port Galveston, as well as lots of knowledge of the history of it. Saw quite a few dolphins too! Overall a very great price, would go again! Definitely recommend it.

Br
Review №63

We loved this tour. The captain was very knowledgeable. And made sure we were able to see lots of dolphins. We tried a different company before and hands down. This was the better choice of the two.

Ja
Review №64

There are several harbor/dolphin watching tours near this location...don’t be fooled by the others, this one is the best! Great boat, covered first floor and an open roof second floor. The guides are informative and comical too!

vi
Review №65

$6 for 1 hour parking shame on you guys

to
Review №66

We toured the museum then the Elissa Tall ship. It was cold that day so we have a private boat tour to see the dolphins play and see the history of the pier. The Capt and his mate were cool and funny and knew their history of the Area. The sunken ship and the dolphins were absolutely awesome. Great for kids and adults alike. Definitely worth the ride.

Sa
Review №67

Awesome tour!!!! Brian & Ryne were so informative & entertaining! Highly recommend this tour!

Am
Review №68

We have done this tour before but enjoyed it so much we came back with more family. The captain is hilarious, informative and friendly. Def worth the money.

Ni
Review №69

Awesome experience! The tour guide was funny and information. Way more to the harbor than I ever imagined. Loved the dolphins and sunken ship. Very cool!

Tr
Review №70

My husband and I took this boat tour, and it was great we got so much information along with seeing some amazing things, the guide was very funny, he new where the Dolphins where, the other tours didnt pir guide had to call them over.If u want to laugh along with some amazing sights this is your for you.Thank you guys for great time. You made our 26th anniversary something special. Aug 17,2019

Se
Review №71

Had a fantastic time here! Brian and Ryan sure know how to give a good tour. Some good dolphin sightings too!

Am
Review №72

Excellent tour and well worth the cost; very affordable. Tour guide was knowledgeable and funny. Proceeds benefit Historic Galveston Foundation.

Ga
Review №73

We had a Great tour and Captain Nate was Awesome!

Ha
Review №74

We went out on the Historic Harbour Tour and it was a blast. The tour guide makes it commical and informational. My kids are younger and they even had a blast. Would definitely come back!!

Ma
Review №75

Dolphins m an. I live emm

Br
Review №76

Took this tour today, and it is by far the best of its kind on the island. The captain was funny and knowledgeable about the area. They made dolphin-spotting entertaining, as well.

Du
Review №77

We had an absolute BLAST on this tour! It was a nice, relaxing and very informative tour. We learned so much about the history of the harbor and much more. Even got to see a few dolphins. I would HIGHLY recommend this adventure. Brian and Ryan were our guides and even personally came around the boat on the way back to the dock to give more information if we had questions and took pictures of anyone who wanted them!

Mi
Review №78

Had such a fun time touring the bay area! Learned cool Galveston history from the friendly captain, and Ryan made sure we were all safe and comfortable. I would pay the $10 again just to be around the staff! Super friendly and obviously the staff enjoys what they do. Also, the dolphins were the icing on the cake! Thank you!!

Ja
Review №79

Great family tour of the Galveston island. Safe and fun for the family.

Iv
Review №80

Excellent tour people are super nice. Funny and entertaining. Really recommend everyone to visit. We will be back again soon.

Th
Review №81

Capt. Bryan and Ryan, I hope I got that right, are the best! The dad jokes and remote controlled dolphins were the highlight of the tour! It was a joy for our group definitely would do it again! Highly recommended.

Ho
Review №82

Bryan and Ryan were absolutely amazing tour guides throughout the entire trip! Absolutely enjoyed it, got great pictures of the Atlantic bottlenose dolphins and the concrete ship! Along with some dad jokes.

Je
Review №83

Awesome tour. Tour guide was funny and knowledgeable. Would highly recommend this for your trip to Galveston!!

Ka
Review №84

We have done this tour a few times with these guys and its always fun. The guide, Brian, is always has a great quip and is really informative.

An
Review №85

Had a great time! Educational and fun. Wonderful activity for the whole family.

Ve
Review №86

One of the very few things you can do when visiting Galveston other than splashing at the beach. I think its roughly 45-60 min ride around the harbor looking for ever so finicky dolphins or porpoises. Kids will enjoy it, grown ups too at times.

Ti
Review №87

Great, we seen at least 10 dolphins.

Ma
Review №88

We had a wonderful time on this boat ride! It lasted about an hour, and we saw several dolphins and learned a lot about the area. Everyone in our group (from our two year old to our grandfather) had a great time!!

Ky
Review №89

Very fun tour and knowledgeable funny guide!

Vi
Review №90

Went and enjoyed this great tour today! The tour guide was enjoyable and knowledgeable of the area! $10 is a great deal for the entertainment!

ja
Review №91

Its nice but a bit short, but great for the money

Re
Review №92

Very entertaining and we saw our dolphins!

Ca
Review №93

Had a great time. Captain was excellent, we saw a lot of dolphins up close.

Mi
Review №94

Tour guide has a great personality and made sure our 3 kiddos had a great time. It was a great way to start our vacation getting away from the hustle and bustle of Houston. We saw plenty of dolphins and he gave us a tour of the harbor without being boring. Good times!!!

Er
Review №95

Tour was great and we saw tons of dolphins! Very interesting to hear about some of the history of the area. A surprise sight out in the harbor towards the end of the trip that was really awesome. (I won’t spoil it if you are planning on going). Staff was super friendly and helpful.

Bi
Review №96

Fun for the whole family. Lots of dolphins and they got real close to boat. Friendly tour guides

Pr
Review №97

A really fun, informative and cheap thing to do. The tour guide and captain were top notch!

Je
Review №98

Went on the tour a couple days ago. Absolutely LOVED IT. The captain and first mate were awesome and made the tour fun and educational. They know there stuff. Would do it again

ra
Review №99

The ride is quite good and nice explanation by the captain

T.
Review №100

Incredible tour of the Galveston Harbour. Learned a lot, laughed a lot, and saw a ton of dolphins. Ryan and Bryan were awesome guides.

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  • Address:22 pier ste#, 8, Galveston, TX 77550, United States
  • Site:https://www.galvestonhistory.org/sites/historic-harbor-tour-and-dolphin-watch
  • Phone:+1 409-763-1877
Categories
  • Boat tour agency
  • Sightseeing tour agency
  • Tourist attraction
Working hours
  • Monday:10am–5pm
  • Tuesday:10am–5pm
  • Wednesday:10am–5pm
  • Thursday:10am–5pm
  • Friday:10am–5pm
  • Saturday:10am–5pm
  • Sunday:10am–5pm
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